Ladies: have you ever been cozied up, reading a book and just wished the male protagonist could be a real person? So have we. Below are four male characters from books that we wish we could summon into reality. Oh, well – there’s always your imagination.
Number Four: Rhett Butler, Gone With the Wind. The hero of this book by Margaret Mitchell won not only Scarlett O’Hara, but millions of readers over around the world. Although Rhett is a cynical, sometimes even disgusting character, readers loved him for his strong character (no pun intended) and noble deeds. He is educated, perceptive, and thoughtful. He also becomes the guardian of a little boy from a boarding school, and – when he has his own daughter – he becomes a perfect example of a loving father and caring husband.
Number Three: Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice. In this novel by Jane Austen, Mr. Darcy appears a secure, but rather cold and indifferent gentleman. At first, he is perceived as having a bloated ego, looking down at everyone around him. However, Darcy later opens up his true feelings and reveals he is a man who is loving, sensitive, generous and capable of selfless acts. In the book, he saves the whole family from disgrace, all while trying to hide his noble side. It’s no surprise he’s on this list.
Number Two: Howl, Howl’s Moving Castle. Howl’s Moving Castle is known by most as an animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, but the film was actually based on the novel by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The story follows a poor girl, Sophie, who is transformed into an old woman and finds refuge in the castle of Howl. Howl – a gifted magician – is introduced and seems quite petulant and childish, even arrogant and self-centered. In the city, he gains glory and power as a conqueror of female hearts. However, as in any good fairy tale, it is love that ultimately turns him into a really great man, as Sophie reveals him to be a vulnerable person. At the end of the story, he tells Sophie, “I’ve been running away, but now I have someone to protect. It’s you, Sophie.” Swoon.
Number One: Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre. Sullen and stiff, Mr. Rochester appears absolutely repulsive and even quite ugly at first. With the appearance of governess Jane Eyre, however, Rochester shows another side of himself – he is deeply unhappy, struggling within himself and his love for Jane. Like in all good books, we slowly realize that this loving “hero” is also gentle and caring.